World C’ships Medalist Matsumoto Snares 1:45.13 200 Free JPN Record

2021 KOSUKE KITAJIMA CUP

Japan’s Katsuo (Katsuhiro) Matsumoto already made history by becoming the first man from his nation to medal in the 200m freestyle at a World Championships. But now the 23-year-old has leveled up to a new tier of competition in the event, firing off a shiny new national record to kick-off his 2021 racing calendar.

While competing on day 1 of the 2021 Kosuke Kitajima Cup, an annual domestic meet in Tokyo known for wicked-quick performances, Matsumoto blasted a winning 200m free effort of 1:45.13. That not only took the gold in a huge lifetime best, but it also lowered his own national record of 1:45.22, the time it took for him to win silver behind China’s Sun Yang in Gwangju.

Splitting 51.18/53.95, Matsumoto beat the field tonight by over 3 seconds en route slicing .09 off of that 2019 World Championships effort. Although his time dips under the stiff Japanese Swimming Federation (JASF)-mandated qualification time of 1:45.76 needed to compete at home Games this summer, Matsumoto will need to replicate the effort at the sole Olympic-qualifying meet of the Japan Swim in April.

Matsumoto’s result now bumps him up to sit just inside the list of top 20 performers all-time in the LCM 200 free.

The man still has .14 to go before he gets into 1:44 territory, a coveted club with members to the tune of Michael Phelps, Yannick Agnel, Paul Biedermann*, Ian Thorpe, Danas Rapsys and Ryan Lochte. But dropping this kind of performance with the Olympic Trials not yet until April is a very good sign for Japanese freestyle fans.

Matsumoto takes over as the top swimmer in the world in this men’s 2free event this season, setting himself apart by over half a second.

2020-2021 LCM Men 200 Free

KatsuoJPN
Matsumoto
01/22
1:45.13
2Alexander
Graham
AUS1:45.6912/13
3Elijah
Winnington
AUS1:45.7912/13
4Hwang
Sun Woo
KOR1:45.9211/19
5Martin
Malyutin
RUS1:46.1010/26
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EliteSwim99
1 month ago

I know that the list of sub-1:45 swimmers toward the end of the article is not exhaustive, however I do feel that Yannick Agnel deserves a mention given that he does hold the textile world record in the 200FR after all. A great swim by Matsumodo though!

Konner Scott
Reply to  Retta Race
1 month ago

Anybody got the comprehensive list? I’d love to take a look.

whever
Reply to  Konner Scott
1 month ago

Biedermann 1:42.00
Phelps 1:42.96
Agnel 1:43.14
Izotov 1:43.90
Thorpe 1:44.06
Rapsys 1:44.38
Sun 1:44.39
Lochte 1:44.44
Park 1:44.80
PVDH 1:44.89
Lewis 1:44.90
Scott 1:44.91
Walters 1:44.95
Berens 1:44.95

whever
Reply to  whever
1 month ago

Textile Best:

Agnel 1:43.14
Phelps 1:43.86
Thorpe 1:44.06
Rapsys 1:44.38
Sun 1:44.39
Lochte 1:44.44
Park 1:44.80
Izotov 1:44.87
Biedermann 1:44.88
PVDH 1:44.89
Lewis 1:44.90
Scott 1:44.91

eagleswim
Reply to  whever
1 month ago

I’m not really sure what standard is normally used for “textile best,” but it’s worth noting that phelps and thorpe, at least, were done in body suits, textile though they may have been. I feel like normally “textile best” is used to mean modern suit standards, but I may be wrong.

SwimSam
Reply to  eagleswim
1 month ago

Mizuno > FSII bodysuit

eagleswim
Reply to  SwimSam
1 month ago

I’m too old to know what a mizuno is like, but FYI phelps was in FSPro. I did wear that one a bunch, and I’d be very surprised if a jammer brought the same advantage, but like I said I cant really speak to that.

Mr Piano
Reply to  eagleswim
1 month ago

FS 1 and 2 were trash. They were tight, but soaked up a lot of water compared to today’s suits. Crocker would have broken 50 if he had a mizuno and a wedge. Phelps’ 1:52.0 from 2007 in the 200 fly would have been 1:51 low in a mizuno. The FS Pro resembled today’s suits a bit better.

STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
Reply to  whever
1 month ago

When and where did Berens go 1.44.95?

Admin
Reply to  STRAIGHTBLACKLINE
1 month ago

July 31, 2009 at the Foro Italico in Rome.

800 free relay leadoff in prelims.

Dave Walters had the 2nd American spot in the individual and didn’t make the final.

Swimmer
1 month ago

What is the asterisk after Biedermann’s name for?

ytho
Reply to  Swimmer
1 month ago

my guess is it was pasted from another article where it had a purpose, and was left in there by accident

just a guess

IM FAN
Reply to  Swimmer
1 month ago

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GrameziPT
Reply to  IM FAN
1 month ago

Xangai 2011, 1.44 without supersuit…

Joe
Reply to  Swimmer
1 month ago

Think it’s meant to indicate the WR, but it sure as hell looks like “not legit because supersuit”.

Although tbf, the lad has been 1:44 in textile so it’s a moot point anyway.

ytho
1 month ago

not bad

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  ytho
1 month ago

Ya!

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